The Age of Adaline was Extremely Underwhelming

1 star**Spoiler Alerts**

I saw The Age of Adaline with my boyfriend last week before he left. I was hopeful, but walked away unimpressed.

Every plot “twist” was predictable from miles away. Adaline’s (Blake Lively) part basically consisted of dropping dramatic one-liners and smirking. And there’s the typical boy-stalks-girl, girl-falls-in-love storyline. Like, this guy Ellis (Michiel Huisman) sees Adaline reading in braille one day so he shows up at a New Year’s party that she attends, tracks her to the elevator, follows her to her cab, shows up to her workplace the next day, persistently asks her out, and WILL NOT TAKE “NO” FOR AN ANSWER. Naturally, she falls in love, which leads her to tell him the secret that she has kept for a bazillion years after knowing him for a grand total of like two weeks.

Also, it is revealed that Ellis’ dad (Harrison Ford, why?) is actually Adaline’s ex-boyfriend from back in the day…AND NO ONE EVER ACKNOWLEDGES THE FACT THAT SHE HAD SEX WITH BOTH THE FATHER AND HIS SON. Shouldn’t that be addressed somehow? Like, the son just doesn’t care at all? There has to be some kind of comparison going on.

There’s also a bunch of pseudo-science thrown in, which I can forgive. The movie was just too Nicholas Sparksy to leave room for an actual scientific explanation. The non-aging concept was cool and kind of reminded me of Benjamin Button, but it didn’t really reach its full potential.

Anyway, I’m not going to rush out and buy it when it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray.

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